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Hindi music of Shanghai was written and composed by Vishal Dadlani. Songs of this Indian Bollywood movie can be downloaded below once you scroll down. Just click on the title of the mp3 and it will take you to the download page where it can be downloaded directly to your computer.
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Movie Information:Music director: Vishal Dadlani
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Producer: Ajay Bijli
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Farooq Sheikh, Kalki Koechlin, Pitobash Tripathy, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Supriya Pathak, Anant Jog
Release Date: June 8th, 2012
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Shanghai Music ReviewOne of the most highly anticipated films of the year Shanghai has had its music release and expectations are huge from the duo of Vishal & Shekhar. The promos of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ had already been making some noise among the masses and classes for its unique and bombarding lyrics. With T Series being the record label, a company that has been long associated with brilliant film music albums and writer director Dibakar Banerjee himself turning to pen down the lyrics for a few songs, Shanghai should be a treat. Also, Emraan Hashmi’s films are rarely a poor affair when it comes to songs. Whether it is a deliberate intent by the makers who work with him or his sheer charisma that demands some brilliant numbers, at the end of the day we get to cherish some hummable and foot tapping numbers in his films.
‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is an absolute treat. With his hard hitting lyrics, a pumped up number high on desi beats, dhols and band baaja, it is a phenomenal start to the album. ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ has everything in its making to become a chartbuster. It has enough elements to be a dance number (not the ones for the pub though but for the streets) and the song is an ultimate parody, satire and a direct take on the hypocritical, self obsessed and confused state of affairs in the country. It is about taking a potshot at everything that we care and do not care about anymore. Keerti Sagathia and Vishal Dadlani have sung it brilliantly and this may just christen a few more fans for Vishal. The music composed is surely impressive and anyone listening to ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ can hardly sit back and not take notice. Whether or not it becomes another youth anthem like ‘Bhaag DK Bose’ or ‘Sadda Haq’ remains to be seen but it is a great job done by the entire music, writing and singing team of Shanghai!
Deliberate or not, Dibakar takes another potshot by importing a British model Scarlett Mellish Wilson for a song and titles it ‘Imported Kamariya’ (lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan). While expectations would be another Sheila or Munni, the track does not even try to be one. Subtly composed, lyrics as hard hitting as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and equally high on satire and the illusion of India, ‘Imported Kamariya’ impresses as well. Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravijani, both have also lent their voices to the song apart from composing the music and they score two on two with ‘Imported Kamariya’. Richa Sharma is not a new name to playback singing and she proves why with her rendition of the song. What is interesting is that ‘Imported Kamariya’ has a nice melody to it unlike the crop of item numbers that rolls out from Bollywood. A fine mix of desi composition along with western influences, this one turns up the expectations a notch higher.
The album takes a huge turn with ‘Duaa’. Not with the quality of the songs although but with the genre of music. After two hard hitting and foot tapping numbers, comes the soft ‘Duaa’. With minimalist use of instruments and predominantly basing it on percussions (Tabla), ‘Duaa’ has a soulful melody at the core. Lyrics (Kumaar has penned down Duaa) are turning out to be a huge strong point of the album of Shanghai. ‘Duaa’ has some strong, clinching words which shall remain with you long after the song’s playtime is done with. Nandini Sarkar is simply awesome and Arijit Singh is amazing. Watch out for the latter’s classical octaves. ‘Duaa’ takes over you and does not let go off the possession.
Shekhar Ravijani takes over along with Raja Hasan in ‘Khudaya’ which has been penned down by Neelesh Misra. ‘Khudaya’ is a soft number which stands at the border line of pop and conventional Bollywood numbers with a tinge of Sufi blended in. Neelesh Misra does a fine job and the composition is not your everyday run by the mill track. ‘Khudaya’ will not sweep you off your feet nor would it offer you any respite at the end of a hard day’s work but it sure stands out for its sheer originality and being an offbeat track from what the album has been delivering so far.
I would have wanted to loop the first three but need to move over to the fifth one. Up next is ‘Morcha’. Vishal Dadlani turns singer and lyricist as well with ‘Morcha’ and teams up with Raja Hasan. ‘Morcha’ has some nice lyrics but the tune fails to capture one’s imagination or the intent of the song. It happens to be a song of hope or pseudo hope that elections give birth to and raise among people (voters). There is a sense of nobility in the writing but the melody or the composition fails to incite enough satire or the beacon of hope, the song would possibly be aimed with either of these two intentions. Three great numbers and a fair enough ‘Khudaya’ but ‘Morcha’ is an average affair overall. Possibly the song will be used to highlight a sequence and may be effective with the visuals.
‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai Remix’ would have indicated some techno beats or mixing to come in but Vishal & Shekhar defies that norm as well. ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai Remix’ is the same song on a larger and louder scale. It is as if some more groups of musicians have been roped in and the song has been given a facelift with some more punches. ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai Remix’ remains truly desi in its conception, formation and execution just like the original with some added flavors.
Shanghai is not a mainstream or masala flick and one would have expected experimental songs and compositions. Experimental it is but the album raises expectations from the film. ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ (Original), ‘Imported Kamariya’ and ‘Duaa’ are surefire winners with the other two being fair.
Vishal & Dadlani does a great job and Dibakar Banerjee has a winner in his hands.
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